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Stoic Sunday | 2.26.23 | Dichotomy of Control

Focusing on What Matters in Life.


Stoicism is an ancient philosophy that has gained popularity in recent years for its practical approach to living a fulfilling life. One of the fundamental concepts of Stoicism is the Dichotomy of Control, which teaches us to focus on what we can control and accept what we cannot control.


According to the Stoics, there are two types of things in life: things that are within our control and things that are outside our control. The things that are within our control include our thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes, as well as our actions and behaviors. We have the power to choose how we think, feel, and act in any given situation.


On the other hand, the things that are outside our control include things like the weather, other people's thoughts and actions, and unexpected events like accidents and illnesses. We cannot control these things, and it is a waste of time and energy to try.


By focusing on the things that are within our control, we can reduce stress and anxiety and live a more fulfilling life. We can choose to adopt a positive attitude, practice self-discipline, and take actions that are in line with our values and principles. We can also choose to let go of negative thoughts and emotions, such as anger and fear, that do not serve us.


Accepting the things that are outside our control can be difficult, but it is essential for living a fulfilling life. When we accept that we cannot control everything, we can focus our attention and energy on the things that matter most to us. We can also learn to respond to unexpected events in a way that is in line with our values and principles, rather than reacting with fear or anger.


In conclusion, the Dichotomy of Control is a powerful tool for dealing with difficult situations in life. By focusing on what we can control and accepting what we cannot control, we can reduce our stress and anxiety and live a more meaningful and fulfilling life. So the next time you find yourself in a difficult situation, remember the words of the Stoics: "Focus on what you can control and accept what you cannot control."


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